Asian Style Wilted Spinach Salad

I just got a new wok, so I had to come up with a recipe that featured it!

And, salads can be tough to eat in these cold Northeast winters so I like to warm them up a bit.

This classic salad works well with an Asian twist while using some of the same basic ingredients you would find in the original.

Health Flash: Any combination of greens, onions, and mushrooms strengthens your immune system and is cancer preventative. Delicious and nutritious – Yay!

 

Asian Style Wilted Spinach Salad


Serves 2 well
Prep time – 15 minutes
Cooking time – 5 minutes

2 cups broccoli with stems – cut in long piecesasian-style-wilted-spinach-stirfry-300
1/4 cup raw nuts – almonds or cashews
1 cup red onion – sliced in 1.4 inch wedges lengthwise
1 1/2 cups mushrooms – sliced – can be crimini, shiitake or white button
3 T garlic – sliced
2 T Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
1 T whole grain mustard
1 T balsamic vinegar
1/2-1 tsp chili flakes
2-3 tsp coconut, grapeseed or avocado oil for sautéing
4 cups baby spinach

 

  • prepare veggies and other ingredients to have ready before heating up your wok*
  • heat up your wok on a medium high flame and add the oil**
  • add the broccoli first and stir quickly so that all sides of it are hitting the pan, coated with oil, and singeing on the edges quickly
  • after a couple of minutes add the onion, stir until it begins to wilt slightly, then add the garlic, chili, and mushrooms*** and continue to stir quickly, keeping the veggies moving and in contact with the bottom and sides of the pan
  • when the mushrooms are heated through and starting to stick, add the Braggs or soy sauce, mustard, and balsamic vinegar
  • stir until fully incorporated and remove from the flame
  • toss the baby spinach into the hot veggies as quickly as possible**** until fully coated
  • taste and adjust flavor as needed
  • serve immediately while still warm

Tips:

* If you don’t have a wok, use a roomy frying pan
** you want the oil to be hot right away, but not so hot it smokes!
*** the heat needs to stay high at this point, so the moisture cooks away
**** toss for a shorter period for a less wilted salad, longer for a more “cooked” salad

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Katherine Miller

Katherine is the founder and CEO of Mbodied.com. As a holistic health coach and master whole-foods chef, she specializes in health mastery for women in their prime, freeing them to fuel the life they love, and make their mark in the world.